Former Refusenik Magarik Campaigning for Release of Son from Soviet Prison
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Former Refusenik Magarik Campaigning for Release of Son from Soviet Prison

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Vladimir Magarik, who left the Soviet Union for Israel in 1982, is visiting here this week to arouse public opinion to the plight of his son, Aleksei Magarik, now serving a three-year sentence in a Soviet labor camp for alleged possession of illegal drugs.

The younger Magarik, who had been teaching Hebrew clandestinely since 1978, was arrested last year at the airport at Tbilisi, Soviet Georgia, and charged with carrying more than three grams of hashish. His imminent release was recently proclaimed by Samuil Zivs, a Soviet spokesman on Jewish affairs. But according to the older Magarik, his son continues to be imprisoned on false charges and is confined to an isolation cell.

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